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5 Meat-Free Recipes for Labor Day

5 Meat-Free Recipes for Labor Day

Not only is Labor Day a national holiday synonymous with cookouts, it also marks the second biggest diet day of the year. There’s one way for you to stick to your New Year’s Resolution, or avoid the necessity of a fall weight loss resolution, if you mind your plate this weekend. Be smart about what you serve or eat and your waistline will come away from the weekend unscathed.

The easiest way to do that? Go vegetarian! That’s right, on one of the biggest burger weekends of the year we’re saying go green with your diet. You can make one heck of a delicious cookout affair with vegetarian recipes just as satisfying as any piece of meat ever wanted to be.

We can help you get started with our favorite vegetarian cookout recipes!

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers are better than any frozen veggie burger you’ve ever thought you loved. Homemade with mashed sweet potatoes and black beans, bulked up with oats, and seasoned perfectly with cumin, cinnamon, and ginger, you can pile these high with your favorite burger fixings.

Grilled Portobello Burgers, basted with a simple homemade barbecue sauce, will be just as satisfying as any beef burger on the grill. Serve bunless and top with your favorite vegetable toppings and you’ll save yourself hundreds of calories and loads of fat.

Avocado Serrano Coleslaw is also better than any grocery store bucket of slaw you’ve ever served at a cookout. Fresh red and green cabbage is shredded and combined with thinly sliced crunchy bell peppers, juicy diced pineapple, and minced cilantro and serrano peppers. The dressing is made with mashed avocados and plain Greek yogurt for a much lighter BBQ side dish.

Smoky Spicy Sweet Vegetarian BBQ Beans are not to be missed, and will be praised by even the meatiest eaters. Kidney beans are brought to life with molasses, chipotle peppers, onions, garlic, and brown sugar then baked to perfection.

2 Ingredient Melon Ball Soup can make a unique side dish or replace ice cream at dessert. Cantaloupe and watermelon are blended together with mint and chilled before serving. It’s bright, fresh, and simple, not to mention ridiculously low in calories.

Classic Peach Crisp is a dessert made for wrapping up summer. Take one last summer fling with the juiciest fruit of the season when slice ripe peaches and top with oats, brown sugar, and almonds. It bakes in 30 minutes and goes very, very well with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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10:48AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

I can't wait to try some of these!

6:04PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

I like the sound of the Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers, thanks!

12:45PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012


3:56AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

6:01PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

They sound delicious and definitely have no meat, but being high in sugar most of these aren't really going to help the waste line.

1:26PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

any recipe without me that i can get my lesser half to eat is a victory, and shitake burgers i'll have to try a few of these as well...but no promises he'll eat them! :-)

9:59PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Thanks or the article.

12:12PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Deliciousssss! Thank you

1:11PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

awesome, thanks! :)

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